Miss M and I had a skirt crisis the other day. She was getting dressed for preschool — she put on a shirt, undies and tights, and then she realized that her favorite blue skirt was not there. It was not there because it was in the wash. She was not happy. I took out all the other skirts so that she could pick one, but she refused. She had to have that blue skirt, which was her favorite. She cried. I realised then that she needed a new favorite skirt in her wardrobe to avert this crisis in the future.
So in the afternoon after our first zakka sewing class, I made not one but two new skirts for Miss M. The pattern was a circle skirt from a Japanese craft book called Everyday Girl’s Clothes by Yuki Katakura (まいにち着る女の子の服）.
The pattern had one seam pocket. I had never made seam pockets before (or a circle skirt, for that matter), but it seemed simple enough. I thought Miss M would probably want two pockets, not just one.
First I made a pink skirt, with white polka dots, with green floral fabric as the waist band and the pocket lining. Very girly! It made me sad how much of the expensive fabric the pattern required, but it’s all right. It was for my special girl.
The only thing about this skirt I wasn’t sure about was that the fabric was medium-weight cotton linen blend. It was a little on the heavy side for a circle skirt.
Since I had some time left before the kids returned from daycare, I made another one, this time in a more lightweight cotton linen fabric. I used black and white check print for both the skirt body and the waist band. I had doubts as to whether Miss M would wear a black skirt, so I made the lining of the seam pockets bright pink – not that you can see much of it when wearing it. It almost looks cuter turned inside out.
And Miss M’s verdict? She loved the black and white one. She wore it for the next three days straight – so that was a big success. The pink one though… she wouldn’t even try it on for a photo shoot… Why, why, why, I have no idea. This just confirms my past experience that I could never predict know what my four year old would or would not like. At least I got one out of two right. Not too bad.